Mich. lawmakers approve fireworks legislation

The Fourth of July holiday in Michigan could feature a little more firepower under a bill given final approval by state lawmakers Thursday. The state Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill allowing the sale of more powerful, higher-grade consumer fireworks.
AP Wire
Nov 11, 2011

The measure is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.
The bill expands the types of fireworks that can be legally bought and sold in Michigan without special permits. Some types of bottle rockets and Roman candles are among the fireworks that become legal if the measure becomes law.

Michigan’s current list of legal fireworks for residents without special permits is limited to sparklers, toy noisemakers and similar devices.

Many Michigan residents have driven to Indiana, Ohio or Wisconsin for years to buy more powerful fireworks or explosives. Supporters of the bill are hoping to keep some of that money in Michigan.

Rep. Harold Haugh, a Democrat from Roseville and a sponsor of the legislation, said the measure “carefully balances public safety concerns with the prospects of economic development for our state.”

Retailers who want to sell consumer grade fireworks would have to pay fees, which some critics have said amounts to a tax increase. Other critics have safety concerns about the more powerful explosives.

The legislation is House Bill 4293 and Senate Bill 194.

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